Man missing 6 months; still no clues

September 12, 2012


Monday marked six months since the last time William Lee Moore was seen by his son, Dave Moore, or daughter-in-law, Wendy.

Nothing has changed for the family or law enforcement officials who have searched for the 82-year-old Pecan Plantation man.

Whatever clues exist remain hidden from investigators and others who have searched for the man, who prefers to be called Bill over William.

Hood County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose said there have been a few tips submitted, but they were unproductive.

“We’ve had probably three tips in the last six months,” Rose said. “We checked out all three, and they didn’t pan out.”

Rose said two of those tips came from people who live in other counties.

Sheriff Roger Deeds explained earlier in the investigation that his deputies have been instructed to keep the missing man in mind as they go about their daily patrols and other business.

“We continue to work on it,” Rose said. “It is assigned to a special investigator.

“We’ve been working on leads, but right now we’re out of leads. We’ve searched the county. You name it, we’ve done it.”

Rose said that Bill’s son has been helpful. Dave had some friends who also live in Pecan who used their private airplanes to search for Bill in remote areas where vehicles have either little or no road access. Dave has also used his own small plane to search.

That effort did have one good result, though it had nothing to do with Bill Moore. A juvenile who had been reported missing from Tolar was found during one search, Rose said.

Other pilots in the area helped search for Bill Moore as well.

“We haven’t had a single thing (come up), and there have been no clues,” Dave Moore said Monday morning. “I just hope we have something, someday, about his fate. We’ve tried everything we can think of, and we’ve had a lot of great suggestions.”

Rose noted that with deer season approaching soon and less foliage in remote areas, investigators are hoping that clues potentially may be spotted either by hunters or others.

Brazos River Authority (BRA) rangers have also done their part in and around Lake Granbury.

“The BRA has checked the lake in different places that are accessible,” Rose said.

Judi Pierce, the BRA spokeswoman in Waco, said that rangers used boats with sonar to search a number of spots in the water, including marinas and park areas.


Dave Moore and his wife, Wendy, lived with Bill in Pecan after the elder Moore’s wife died more than 11 years ago.

Dave, who is chairman of the Hood County Substance Abuse Council and is a longtime United Way board member, said that his dad told him on March 10 that he intended to head out from their home on Air Park Drive to go to O’Reilly Auto Parts on South Morgan Street in Granbury later that day.

The special-order item that was waiting there for Dave, a headlight, was never picked up by Bill.

A security camera at Pecan’s front gate took a photo of the driver’s side and rear of Bill’s 1997 chocolate brown and silver 1997 Dodge Ram extended cab pickup (Texas license plate 68MFS6) as it was being driven out of the gated community at 1:06 p.m.

The pickup had red reflective tape in several areas on the tailgate.

Dave Moore said that an employee of Wendy’s restaurant on Highway 377 in Granbury – one of Bill’s favorite places to eat – told an investigator that he thought the elder Moore had been in the restaurant at about 1:30 p.m. that day.

But even that short-lived but seemingly positive lead never resulted in any progress in finding Bill Moore either.

Bill is described as being 5-10 and weighing about 145 pounds, with brown eyes. He was believed to have been wearing slacks, a shirt, sweater and windbreaker.

A missing person report issued by the Sheriff’s Office states that Bill Moore has minor medical conditions and does not have his medication with him. Dave said that his father has not been medically diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia, but he has gotten lost while driving at least a couple of times.

The fact that Bill did not have an acute medical condition at the time of his disappearance prevented him from being featured in a Silver Alert, officials said.

Bill left with two credit cards, and since then there has been no activity on either one, investigators said. He also left with a minimal amount of cash, and left his checkbook, reading glasses, tobacco pouch as the rest of his clothing at home.

Sheriff Deeds said that Bill Moore’s information, including his description, was provided to a nationwide missing person’s database.

Anyone with information or tips on Bill Moore’s status should contact law enforcement officials by either calling 911 after hours, or the Sheriff’s Office at 817-579-3316 during business hours.

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